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NEWS - American Swedish Institute Reopens September 10, 2020!


American Swedish Institute Reopens September 10, 2020!

The first reopening day, September 10 is ASI Members’ Day.

Public visits begin September 11.

ASI welcomes back visitors with new art exhibitions, online language classes, in-person and virtual workshops and a variety of online family activities.

MINNEAPOLIS — The American Swedish Institute (ASI), the ASI Museum Store and FIKA Café, all closed to visitors because of COVID-19 precautions since March 14, 2020, today announced that they will reopen on Thursday, September 10. The first reopening day will be for ASI Members’ Day with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Friday, September 11 at 10 a.m., the ASI will reopen to the general public, marking the beginning of new public hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced, timed reservations to visit the museum, which can be made by the public starting August 24, are now required.  The Store and FIKA will accept walk-in customers. For more details about visiting and expanded safety guidelines, please refer first to, or call 612-871-4907. ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407.

ASI has taken many precautions for public health and safety, but will also depend on visitors’ help and cooperation. We ask, first, that people stay home if they are sick.  All visitors will be required to wear masks, are asked to wash their hands frequently, observe social distancing and pay with a credit or debit card. Note, that walk-up museum admissions are temporarily suspended. Please visit for full details regarding safety guidelines and any updates.

The ASI welcomes back visitors with new and continuing art exhibitions, online language classes for all ages, a mix of in-person and virtual Nordic Handcraft workshops, online Nordic Table classes and other talks, plus a combination of outdoor and virtual activities for youth and families. ASI has extended extra/ordinary, its 90th anniversary exhibition that showcases stories behind objects in our collection, through January 2021. We Are the Story, a new quilts installation opening September 8, will be free to view in Osher Gallery. The multi-site exhibition was organized by the Textile Center and the Women of Color Quilters Network and builds upon symbols of liberation, empowerment and the struggles that comprise Black history. The Swedish Dads exhibition highlights photographs by Johan Bävman of fathers who choose to stay at home with their children under Sweden’s generous parental leave policy. It is now installed not only online, but also outdoors on our perimeter fence for free public viewing with text in four languages!

FIKA and the ASI Museum Store will retain the same new hours as the Museum: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are not needed to shop at the ASI Museum Store. Drop-in shoppers are welcome! Note that store capacityrestrictions will apply and face masks are required.  Please plan to use a credit or debit card.  Curbside pick-up is still available.

At FIKA the full lunch menu and table service are available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. with a limited menu from the counter during non-serving hours. Walk-up reservations are available, but FIKA has limited indoor and outdoor capacity, so is now also accepting advanced reservations which can be made by calling 612-524-5108. There will also be a new menu and takeout/pickup options. Please plan to pay with a credit or debit card.

Admission On-Sale and Reopening Dates:

  • General On-Sale Date for public admissions: Monday, August 24, starting at 10 a.m.
  • ASI Members’ Day: Thursday, September 10. Extended hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Public Reopening Weekend: Friday September 11 - Sunday Sept. 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • New public hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: We will be releasing only a few weeks of tickets for admissions at a time. If you don't see your preferred date, please check back at ASI will add more dates each week.

Visiting Guidelines:

For complete details visit Masks are required for visits and we ask that visitors maintain appropriate social distances. ASI has changed its public hours to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection of public spaces. Visitors will access the Mansion and exhibitions via timed tickets. Under current State guidance, museums cannot exceed 25% of fire-code capacity or 250 people at one time. Restaurants, including FIKA, cannot exceed 50% capacity.

Current Exhibitions and Programming: 

We Are the Story - Quilts Exhibition

September 8 to November 1, 2020. FREE to view in ASI’s ground floor Osher Gallery

ASI is among the hosts for this multi-site, juried quilt exhibition that builds on symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment, offering a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that comprise Black history in an honest and critical way.  The initiative is being curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, who commented, “We’ll tell the story of our culture. These are historic times, and we’ll keep quilting.” Organized by Women of Color Quilters Network and the Textile Center, the exhibition explores the themes of police brutality and racism in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. Other host venues include the Weisman Art Museum and Studio 106, with a culminating exhibition at the University of Minnesota’s Katherine E. Nash Gallery in 2021.

Swedish Dads – Photographs by Johan Bävman

June 18 to October 4, 2020

FREE to view online and outside on ASI’s Park Avenue fence.

Explore fifteen portraits from Swedish Dads, the photographs series by Johan Bävman which can be viewed online at and also outside along ASI’s historic fence on Park Avenue. Swedish Dads draws from Bävman’s portraits of 45 dads who belong to the relatively small percentage of Swedish men who, with Sweden's generous parental leave policies, choose to stay at home with their children for six months or longer. Bävman examines why these fathers opted to stay at home and how the relationships with their children and their partners changed as a result. At a time when many parents have found themselves at home with their children more than ever before, Swedish Dads contributes to the ongoing discussion around gender equality and parenting. Text is provided in four languages: Swedish, Somali, Spanish and English.

extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play

Extended through January 24, 2021

This imaginative new exhibition produced by the American Swedish Institute in celebration of its 90th anniversary explores 29 objects from ASI’s permanent collection and the untold stories behind them. It invites visitors to not only re-discover the wonder of the featured objects, many on rare public display, but to also experience the Turnblad Mansion in new ways through encounters with such fun surprises as a 20-foot-tall inflatable Dala horse outside in the courtyard and the historic kitchen ceiling lined with hanging spoons. extra/ordinary pairs the historical artifacts, including carvings, photographs, textiles and musical instruments, with original watercolor paintings and ink illustrations by the Minnesota mother-son team of Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson.

Highlights of Virtual Programming

Language and Culture Courses (Ongoing)Fall Term begins September 14, 2020. Check

Stories in a Snapshot (Ongoing, virtual) Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Join ASI staff on Zoom to explore different photographs from our archives. Learn about its history and ties to Swedish-American culture. Share your own stories relevant to the photograph’s content. FREE

Makers Mornings (Ongoing, virtual) Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join other makers online for this weekly opportunity to work and socialize in a relaxed virtual setting on a craft of choice — knit, carve, weave, sew, spin, or crochet! FREE. Online registration is required once.

Reading and Book talk with Jonas Hassen Khemiri, September 9 (virtual) Time TBD. ASI co-presents a talk with award-winning Swedish author/playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri for his newly translated book The Family Clause hosted by Scandinavia House. Check for update

Artist Talks with Johan BävmanSwedish Dads, September 13 & 23, (virtual) noon PST / 2 p.m. CST. Join ASI for two talks as part of the first virtual collaboration between the National Nordic Museum, celebrating the simultaneous showing at both organizations of Johan Bävman’s Swedish Dads photographs exhibition. Johan will share the stories behind the photographs linked to Sweden’s generous paternal leave policy. Each talk is unique, covering different works on view — so sign up for one, or both! $5 per talk


Museum Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors ages 62 +, $6 ages 6–18 and full-time students with ID.

Free for ASI members and children ages 5 and under.

NEW Hours:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The ASI, FIKA and the Store are closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Full FIKA menu is served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE is a museum and cultural center that is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  It encompasses the historic Turnblad Mansion and the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center as well as the ASI Museum Store and the critically acclaimed FIKA Café. Founded by Swedish immigrant and newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad in 1929, ASI has grown to engage many audiences through innovative art exhibitions, public events, community and school programs including Story Swap with Wellstone International High School, language classes and Nordic craft and food-related workshops. The Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55407. For more, visit or call 612-871-4907. 


We Are the Story is organized by Women of Color Quilters Network and the Textile Center.

The U.S. debut and tour of Swedish Dads is supported by the Embassy of Sweden.

extra/ordinary is produced by the American Swedish Institute. Lead support provided by IKEA. Major support provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, Leslie Nelson, Lisa Paulson, Mike and Barb Nelson, Joanne Reisberg, Chris and Chick Lane, Laurie Jacobi and Cotty Lowry, Willow Hagans, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and ASI’s members and donors. ASI’s hotel partner is the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The exhibition’s media partner is the Star Tribune.

Minnesota artist activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.

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